5. 48-ish days until VP selection:
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would like to have chosen his partner by August 1 – which is not so much now!
Biden himself has fallen short of the previous quarterback in his armchair for who was under scrutiny and who was not.
While he still occasionally offers praise to the most talked about candidates – and his campaign has made virtual debates with politicians such as New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham – the former vice president tends to resist many political shortcomings these days.
This means that things get more serious.
4. How do Democrats dance around “Defund the Police?”:
What Democrats in Congress want to talk about this week is the legislative package they introduced last week to reform the police force – from banning chokeholds to creating a national database of police misconduct.
“No one is going to de-finance the police. We can restructure the police force. Rebuild, imagine policing again. That’s what we’re going to do. The fact is that the police have a role to play.”
What is the right political place? Many people support the reform of law enforcement. Much less backwards completely unload it.
The question before the Democrats in Congress is whether Clyburn’s position on Sunday is enough for their party’s most active wing.
3. Trump and ramp:
Twitter reached out to the bananas, suggesting that Trump looked old and weak. Of course, that’s what Twitter does.
But then Trump decided to drastically strengthen the profile of the moment – and ensure that a much bigger story unfolded.
It is difficult to overestimate Trump’s miscalculation here. Without his tweet, his video walking under the ramp is, perhaps, a little Sunday story. With the tweet, it is a GREAT story on Sunday, with the possibility of leaking in a week that the President wants to focus on restarting his re-election campaign.
It is a disastrous political instinct.
2. Restart the Trump campaign:
They have been devastating in recent weeks for Trump and his party. (See below). The President hopes that this is the week where everything is changing, with everything pointing to Saturday’s rally in Talsa, Oklahoma.
While this has already been overcome (The rally was originally scheduled for Friday, June 19, which is known as June 19, a day celebrating the end of slavery) Trump and his closest allies see a return to the campaign trail as perhaps the thing that can cure what is causing the president’s political fate.
But with the rise in corona viruses – especially in the West and the Southwest – weekly news coverage is likely to focus, at least in part, on Trump’s wisdom in conducting a major rally.
However, there are no current plans to increase the social distance on the rally or the order wearing a mask.
Yes, Trump is likely to get what he wants – a large crowd celebrating the country’s “transition to greatness.” But at what cost?
1. Press the panic button:
Late Saturday night, Des Moines Register published a poll on the Iowa Senate race. And it was shocking.
And this is t-r-o-u-b-l-e for the Senate Republicans hoping to retain their narrow majority this fall.
Why; Because there are many positions that independent disadvantaged people see at least as vulnerable as Iowa.
Do the math: That’s nine places. In contrast, Cook ranks only two democratic seats – Alabama and Michigan – as rivals. And when you consider that Democrats need only three seats to win back the majority if Biden wins the presidential race (and four if he doesn’t), you can see why Republicans had a very bad Saturday night (and Sunday).